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At least one gunman is still at large after five people were shot at Morgan State University in Maryland on the night of a pre-Homecoming ball. At 11.45pm, Baltimore police confirmed the situation was no longer active and the campus lockdown was lifted after students ran for their lives and sheltered inside for 135 minutes on Tuesday night.

The first 911 call was made at 9.27pm after bullets were believed to be fired inside a campus dining hall, and it was quickly declared an active shooting situation. Students at the historically black college were crowning their ‘Mister & Miss Morgan State University’ shortly before the gunfire erupted yesterday evening. The five victims – four male and one female, raging from ages 18 to 22 – are not in critical condition. Four were confirmed as Morgan State students.

At a news conference at 2am, police said they still have not arrested any suspected gunmen. They also could not confirm if there was more than one shooter. They urged the gunmen, who had caused the injuries, to turn themselves in.

Baltimore City Council Member Ryan Dorsey reported earlier on Tuesday that police said there were three gunmen at the scene. Dorsey said: ‘Just received a call from BPD about a shooting at the Morgan campus. Five victims, none critical. ‘It’s believed there were three shooters firing into the crowd, none apprehended or ID’d at this time.’ The entire city of Baltimore was put under tactical alert.

Announcing the active shooter situation, police said: ‘BPD is on scene of an active shooter situation in the 1700 block of Argonne Drive. We’re asking everyone to shelter in place and avoid the area.’ The college told students to avoid Thurgood Marshall Hall, a co-ed residential hall with a dining facility attached, as well as the Murphy Fine Arts Center. Frenzied students were seen rushing to take cover, as a police helicopter was instructing everyone to find shelter. One witness at the scene said that bullets hit the glass behind his head – and that it ‘all happened so fast,’ so he didn’t ‘get a chance to react.’

Other students recalled armed SWAT teams rushing from dorm to dorm as they checked if one of the three gunmen were inside the rooms. Morgan State University said in a statement: ‘An active investigation is currently underway related to a report of shots being fired on or near campus. Please stay clear of the area surrounding Thurgood Marshall Hall and the Murphy Fine Arts Center and shelter in place.’ Concerned family members were told to avoid the campus area and report to the Safeway parking lot at 4401 Harford Road, where a BPD officer would on standby.

At 6.30pm on Tuesday, students were celebrating the annual crowning of this year’s ‘Mister & Miss Morgan State University’ – which was described as a joyous occasion that had a great turnout. The event was taking place at the Murphy Fine Arts Center – which is the location that the college told people to avoid, following news of the shooting.

The arts center is also next to Thurgood Marshall Hall. And the university homecoming celebration is scheduled for Saturday. No one was in custody as of 2am on Wednesday. FBI Baltimore said earlier in the night: ‘The FBI has personnel on the scene offering assistance to our partners Baltimore Police at Morgan State University tonight. People in the area are still being asked to shelter in place.’

Morgan State University is the largest of Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities – and it became an official higher education institution in 1975. In 2022, there were 7,609 undergraduates and 1,392 postgraduates enrolled at the college. MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, donated $40 million to Morgan State in 2020. This is not the first time that the college has faced shootings around the time of homecoming.

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